The Maquoketa Valley football team will try to bulldoze its way to the dome this year with one of the top running backs in the state.
The Wildcats went to the Class 1A State quarterfinals and finished 11-1 last season. This year they have moved down to Class A.
“We know we’ve got some tough games with Lisbon, and Easton Valley, and Starmont,” coach Wes Wilson said. “We’ve got a lot of challenges.”
Senior running back Ryan Parmely looks to lead the way. He finished third in the state last season with over 2,500 rushing yards and 24 touchdowns. Parmely has slimmed down from 225 pounds to 215.
“I feel a little bit faster,” he said. “My sophomore year we played Regina, and there were a couple long runs that I got caught from behind. Last year, I had a couple long runs and my goal was to not get caught. My goal for this year is that if I break it in the open field, I should never be caught by anyone.”